Monday 20th November 2017,
Sports Alchemist
Spotlight

Peja Stojakovic and Toronto

The rain continued to pour down on a cold and windy afternoon. Peja Stojakovic watched the tiny little droplets slid down the window pane.

Days henceforth Peja will be in for a different city. Another chapter of his career has been closed, and now the pages are getting near to the conclusion. 12 seasons had passed and it seems like each year brings out something in him. It was always a constant challenge but at 33 years old everything seems to move in slow motion. Time is ticking deliberately and father time is catching up with Peja.

Four years ago, He scored his career high of 42 points against the Charlotte Bobcats and made an NBA history by scoring 20 straight points to open the game. Nevertheless, with his entire shooting prowess he still came out short of expectations. Missing games because of injuries and somehow seeing himself at the corner of the bench watching younger and healthier guys play.
Shooters when they are in a slump always shoot their way out, but you can’t do anything if you are spending most of your time in the bench.

After signing Trevor Ariza, it looks like the New Orleans Hornets is moving on a different direction, and Peja knew sooner, or later he would eventually get traded with his $15.3 million expiring contract. Together with Jerryd Bayless, Peja was traded to the Toronto Raptors for the tough veteran point guard Jarret Jack, reliable backup Marcus Banks and center David Andersen. Everything was written in the stars, and Peja knows that whatever happens. He is just thankful that sometime in his career. He was the deadliest shooter who was a back-to-back three point champion and was NBA’s 4th in free-throw percentage and three pointers made.

The rain has just ended as a rainbow was seen across. Peja will be in Toronto battling minutes against Sony Weems and Linas Kleiza but as long as his shooting touch is there and his confidence back it doesn’t really matter now. They say there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow but for Peja it’s more like Toronto.

Jess Matthew Beltran

Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]

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Jess has contributed a thousand plus articles to various international and local sports sites. He is still finishing up an e-book which talks about basketball and life. Message him at [email protected]